What is COAST?

What is COAST?

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) was established in 2008 to integrate system-wide resources and promote interdisciplinary multi-campus collaborations to advance our knowledge of natural coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them. The coastal zone faces a number of economic, sociological, ecological and technological challenges that require innovative solutions. COAST is uniquely positioned to provide an integrated, coordinated response to these challenges.

Our Mission
To provide vision, leadership, and support throughout the CSU system for education, policy and research related to marine, estuarine, and coastal regions, and to promote the public dissemination of knowledge gained to foster stewardship and sustainable use of our coast.

Our Vision
COAST will be a leader in coastal and marine-related research and education throughout California, and will promote environmental literacy leading to a significant increase in public awareness and stewardship of our coastal and marine resources.

Our Scope
COAST faculty and student members work in marine and coastal environments throughout California, all along the west coast of the U.S., and internationally. These environments include the open and coastal ocean, coastal zones (bays, estuaries, beaches), and coastal watersheds to the extent that they ultimately articulate with the coast.

COAST Six Year Strategic Plan, 2009 - 2015 (.pdf, 544 KB)